Leadership Niagara Kicks-off the 2017/2018 Community Leadership Program

With 37 participants, 4 facilitators, and 5 amazing guest speakers, the wood-laden conference room at the Niagara Falls Public Library began to hum with excitement as the clock moved closer to 9 o’clock on Friday, September 15. The first to address the new class: Leadership Niagara’s Executive Director, Shane Malcolm.

“We are so excited to have such a great group ready to start their leadership journey,” Malcolm remarked, “This year is going to bring really great things for the community of Niagara through the efforts we make as a team”.

This opening retreat marks the 10th year of the Leadership Niagara Community Leadership Program. Leadership Niagara brings together individuals recognized as emerging and aspiring leaders in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Each year, 30 to 40 applicants are selected into the program. It begins with an opening retreat, followed by a series of eight workshops between September and June. Participants are divided into work teams responsible for completion of a community project. Successful graduates join a growing network of people dedicated to ensuring a stronger, healthier, more vibrant Niagara

The leadership journey for the Class of 2017/2018 had just begun, and the group wasted no time getting to know each other and finding out who they were as a cohort: a diverse group of individuals with a common goal in community leadership. The differences in experience, skills, hobbies, and education quickly rose to the surface as the participants chatted and discussed who they were as individuals, what brought them to the program and what it looked like to create a group resume.

“I love the fact that it’s such a diverse and dynamic group,” said Andrew Winters, a new participant of the program from Niagara Region. “I’m also excited to expand my knowledge of non-profits in the area and discover how I can work with them as a team.”

Despite any differences among individuals, the common thread that was woven into the fabric of the group was evident. The idea of community impact through leadership had the participants buzzing from the first coffee poured to the last note taken, and long into the evening on a hot September Friday.

The glue that held the Class of 2017/2018 together was quickly appearing.

With a change in scenery for day 2, we were welcomed warmly to Heartland Forest in Niagara Falls and heard motivating perspectives on leadership from Niagara College’s President, Dan Patterson.

“All of the facilitators really love what they do, you can tell that instantly.” Stated Laura Fyfe of the Niagara Workforce Planning Board, “They give a lot of clarity to everything and really create an atmosphere of inclusion where you feel comfortable asking questions and feeling vulnerable.”

With lessons in self-awareness and introspection soaking in, it was clear the group was making headway on the first lesson in becoming a great leader: knowing yourself. And by the time the final note had been jotted down, the class was well on its way to making a difference in the community to which we all belong; in coming together as a team to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others.

“Everyone is really easy to talk to, everyone is really easy to approach” Fyfe continued, “I’m looking forward to learning more about myself as a leader in a guided and facilitated way. We will be going through everything together and working with the team to do something I haven’t done before.”

Thank you to our amazing guests:

  • Dan Bouwman
  • Elisabeth Graham
  • Jayne Morrish
  • Yvonne Nasri
  • Dan Patterson

And our awesome facilitators:

  • Holly Catalfamo
  • Kristine Clark
  • Shane Malcolm
  • Jodie Middleton

Stay tuned for more information about the Class of 2017/2018!

Cameron Jones
Program Assistant & Marketing Coordinator
Leadership Niagara
cjones5@brocku.ca

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Top Compliance Issues for Canadian Registered Charities and Recent Developments @ Online
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This webinar, presented by charity lawyer Mark Blumberg, provides plain language information and resources about the compliance obligations of Canadian registered charities. It also covers the top Canada Revenue Agency concerns for Canadian registered charities.

Mark will also provide participants with a checklist of the top 20 compliance concerns with links to resources that provide further information.

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.

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Topic: Concussions – What are they and what should I be doing? – presented by Dr. Charles Tator, along with a panel of Brock University faculty, students and alumni

Who: Anyone interested in concussions – Parents, sport organizations, policy makers, organizations, educators, practitioners, coaches, and the general public

Parking: Free parking is provided for attendees in D-Lot

This is event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required as space is limited.

Have you or a family member ever experienced a concussion? Has your organization been working towards a concussion policy? Are you a coach or educator who is concerned about concussions?

Dr. Charles Tator, Neurosurgeon, along with a panel of Brock University faculty, students and alumni, will provide an overview of the current state of concussions from a broad perspective.

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For more information, please contact Jayne Morrish, Knowledge Mobilization Officer (contact information above).

This event is hosted by Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research.

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Niagara Farm Day @ West Niagara Agricultural Centre
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Niagara Farm Day organizers hope this event will become an annual opportunity for families to spend time learning about Niagara agriculture and its important contribution to our food supply and the local economy.

Visitors to Niagara Farm Day will be able to visit with a number of primary producers who will each have a display featuring the primary focus of their farm. This will include dairy, bees, horse, beef, grains & oilseeds, flowers and more. Plans are also under way to allow visitors to experience a virtual reality tour of a farm with technology supplied by Farm & Food Care.

As the event draws closer, additional details and additional confirmations of participating commodities will become available. In the meantime, organizers invite everyone to “save the date” and plan to attend a fun agricultural themed family event. A great way to welcome the Spring season.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Federations of Agriculture & West Niagara Agricultural Society.

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Sip & Share in Support of Project SHARE @ Lundy Manor Wine Cellars
Apr 22 @ 11:30 am

Join Project SHARE for their newest event!

Sip & Share is a spin-off of Traveling Tapas. Purchase a ticket to travel to 5 Niagara wineries to enjoy food & wine pairings at each location.

Ticket price is $100. Tickets can be purchased by phone (see contact information above) or by visiting Project SHARE between 8:30am-4:30pm.

Registration is at 11:30am, and buses depart at 12:00pm sharp.

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Community Overdose Response Planning @ Online
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Connecting with Ontario Seniors: Moving from Social Isolation to Social Inclusion @ Online
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“The social isolation of seniors can cause communities to suffer a lack of social cohesion, higher social costs, and the loss of an unquantifiable wealth of experience that older adults bring to our families, neighbourhoods, and communities.” (Stats Canada, 2016). Reaching out to socially isolated older adults requires us to rethink our traditional service and program delivery methods.

During this webinar, Bonnie Schroeder will review why older adults are isolated and how this isolation differs from loneliness and solitude. Rachel Sutcliffe will then present findings from an Ottawa-based program entitled “Seniors Centre Without Walls”. Nancy Angus will conclude the presentation by describing the “Grand Individuals Aging with Neighbours in Thunder Bay” (GIANTS) program.

This webinar will be of particular interest to community planners and service providers interested in better understanding how we can connect to and include socially isolated older adults.

A resource package will be provided to participants following the event.

This webinar is hosted by the Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.

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CONNECT 2018 is Canada’s national learning and technology conference.

CONNECT 2018 will create a unique opportunity for educators, administrators, and technology specialists to CONNECT and engage with peers from across Canada with the goal of exploring how technology can be used to enhance teaching and learning. With over 2000 educators and administrators, as well as technology industry leaders attending this year, you will have a unique and powerful opportunity to present your teaching methods and products; showcasing new, innovative, and critical thinking, teaching and learning.

This conference is hosted by the District School Board of Niagara.

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